Since it arrived on Hulu back in October, Dopesick has quickly become one of the best and most important TV dramas of the year.

The hard-hitting series explores America’s struggle with opioid addiction and the epidemic that has been raging since the turn of the millennium.

Dopesick centres primarily on the drug OxyContin, which is shown to be highly addictive, but is the controversial drug still available and prescribed in 2021?

Dopesick | Official Trailer | Hulu

Dopesick | Official Trailer | Hulu

Dopesick release date and plot

Dopesick arrived on Hulu on October 13th, 2021 and followed on Disney+’s Star service internationally on November 12th.

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy, Dopesick explores America’s struggle with opioid addiction, focussing on the Purdue Pharmaceutical company and its methods of pushing the drug OxyContin onto members of the public.

Starring Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson and Will Poulter, the series delves into how actions in the boardrooms of Big Pharma impact those working in the hallways of the DEA to the residents of a distressed mining town in Virginia where the impact of addiction is most acutely felt.

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What is OxyContin?

OxyContin is an opioid medication that is used as a pain killer.

The drug is a branded form of oxycodone and has been produced by the American Pharmacuetical company Purdue Pharma in its current form since 1996.

OxyContin is a controlled-release drug, usually taken as a tablet with an effective duration of around 12 hours and can be highly addictive.

Dopesick focuses especially on OxyContin as, per CNBC, the company that produces it pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges of playing down its addictiveness and for falsely marketing it so that doctors would prescribe large doses to patients.

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Is OxyContin still prescribed in 2021?

Yes, OxyContin is still available to be prescribed in 2021 both in the US and around the world.

Despite declaring bankruptcy in 2019, Purdue Pharma said that it would continue to produce OxyContin and other drugs aimed at treating addiction as it looked to restructure as a new company according to BBC News.

In 2019, oxycodone was still the 49th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States according to ClinCalc, with more than 14 million prescriptions issued.

Hulu | Disney+

Dopesick is available to stream now on Hulu in the US and Star on Disney+ internationally.

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